Fronting the Moto2 field by 47 points is Stefan Bradl of the Viessmann Kiefer Racing team. The German’s remarkable season thus far includes six pole positions, seven podiums and four victories, and Bradl shows no signs of slowing his title charge for the second half of the 2011 season. Bradl’s history at the Czech circuit includes a 125cc win in 2008 and a ninth place finish from a 20th place start in the 2010 Moto2 race.
Fresh off his third successive win is Marc Márquez, who sits second in the Championship with 120 points. The Spaniard’s season only appears to be picking up momentum: Márquez has had four wins since round three at Le Mans, with his latest denying Bradl a home victory at Sachsenring. The Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol rider will make a charge for triumph again at the Czech circuit, where he placed an impressive seventh in the 125cc race last year after crashing in the first free practice session and dislocating his left shoulder.
Simone Corsi sits 36 points behind Márquez and has yet to finish on the podium in Brno, the Czech circuit being one of only two on this year’s Moto2 calendar where the Ioda Racing Project rider has not had a top six finish in GP racing. The Italian finished eighth in the Moto2 race last year after he had briefly led the race in the early laps.
Stepping into fourth place is Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2), who is just two points behind Corsi after a third place podium at the German GP. The San Marinese is 3 points in front of Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing), who will be eager to make up for his DNF in Sachsenring. Smith qualified on pole for the 125cc race last year, though an incorrect set up for mixed conditions put him in sixth place for the race.
Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing), who currently sits eighth in the Championship with 58 points, will be making his 100th GP start at the Czech round. The Japanese rider qualified down in 12th at the Czech GP last year but brilliantly fought his way through the pack to finish in second place.
Julián Simón’s hopes for a strong comeback race from injury were dashed when he crashed out of the German GP. The Spanish rider, who finished second at Brno on his way to taking the 125cc World title in 2009, is determined to rejoin the front runners in the Czech Republic following his three race absence and the latest DNF.
Joining the Moto2 grid in Brno are South African Steven Odendaal (MS Racing) making another wild card appearance on his Suter machine and Czech rider Lukas Pesek (IAMT racing) competing as a wild card on an IAMT bike.